New Barnett Article (Decent read)
New Josh Barnett write about leading to Affliction. Pretty good read..
My only issue is - they say he will probably be Fedor's toughest test if they ever do fight..
Tougher than Randy? Tougher than Arlovski?
Not sure I agree on that one..
Belfort looks to Become a Brand New Vitor
Article talks about how he is training at XC in Vegas with Shawn Tompkins and how they are bringing his killer instinct back just like they did with Wanderlei.
From the article:
Tompkins helped turned Silva into the animal we were used to seeing, but when asked if he we would see the Vitor of Old on Saturday, Tompkins says no.
“You won’t see the Vitor of old. You will see a better Vitor than ever. He really looks unbelievable”
Full article here
Baroni Wins WW Debut, Gets Headbutted by A**hole
Phil Baroni’s first match as a welterweight was a resounding success, as the New York Badass dominated Scott Jansen to a first-round knockout victory at Cage Rage 27 last night in London. Unexpectedly, Baroni quickly got the fight to the ground, scoring a smooth double-leg takedown shortly after the bell and effortlessly controlling Jansen from the top.
Sick sick knockout one of the best of the year.
Vitor Belfort Ready For 185 Debut At Affliction
When you think of legends in mixed martial arts, names like Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock, Randy Couture, Wanderlei Silva, Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz are commonplace. However, it’s hard to make a list like that without including the name Vitor Belfort.
Belfort made his debut at UFC 12 where he defeated Tra Telligman and Scott Ferrozzo. He was only 20 years old at the time. He had extremely fast and accurate hands and soon became one of the most feared strikers in the Octagon. His 44-second win over Wanderlei Silva remains as one of the most exciting knockouts in the history of MMA.
Icon Sport Hawaii returns with ‘Hard Times’ August 2
Icon Sport recently announced its next event, “Hard Times,” which is slated for August 2 at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii. As we reported a couple days ago, the company’s middleweight champion, Kala “Kolohe” Hose (6-2), will face Rolando Dominique in a non-title fight at a 180-pound catchweight.
The 140-pound North American title, however, will be on the line as the 135 pound champ, Mark Oshiro (11-1) — often referred to as the “Bantamweight Chuck Liddell” — will take on Bao Quach (14-8-1) for the vacant strap. Quach hasn’t lost since November of 2006 and has reeled off an impressive eight fight win streak.
Exclusive Interview with Babalu Sobral:
Next weekend, Affliction will be officially entering the fight game with a star-studded card, with names such as Fedor Emelianenko, Tim Sylvia, Andrei Arlovski, Josh Barnett, Pedro Rizzo and Ben Rothwell. This could be the fight card of the year for fans and one fighter in particular is making his return to the ring.
FIGHT-BY-FIGHT: PAUL DALEY HEADS CAGE WARRIORS
With rival promotion Cage Rage reportedly looking to step down into smaller venues and scaling back on it’s roster of international talent, Cage Warriors has an opportunity to step in and become the dominant home grown promotion in the U.K.
The promotion goes head-to-head with Cage Rage this weekend, as Cage Warriors on Saturday night presents Enter the Roughhouse 7 with a main event featuring former Cage Rage champion Paul “Semtex” Daley.
MMAWeekly.com’s Lee Whitehead breaks down the card…
Paul Daley: My Battle With Cage Rage & Pro Elite
In an exclusive interview ahead of his fight on Saturday night, Paul Daley revealed to Fighters Only that he has more than just his upcoming bout with Bojan 'Zelva' Kosednar on his mind.
"I've got a few things I want to get out in the air with regards to Pro Elite, Cage Rage and the future," he said. "I've got no contract with Cage Rage, my contract stands with Pro Elite. My fight with Cage Warriors seems to be a problem with the guys at Pro Elite."
Rival UK promotions Cage Rage and Cage Warriors are going head-to-head on Saturday night, holding events in London and Nottingham respectively. Daley agreed to fight in his home city of Nottingham months ago, citing complete approval from Pro Elite executives when he told them of his plans to fight. Since then, he claims Pro Elite have changed their stance on his headlining bout.
DENIS KANG OFF OF DREAM 5 FIGHT CARD
American Top Team middleweight standout Denis Kang has been removed from Dream’s July 21 card in Osaka, Japan.
Kang told MMAWeekly.com he learned of the change last week. Until that time he had not been given an opponent by Dream’s promoter, Fight Entertainment Group. He’s still in the dark about the reason for his dismissal.
“I have no idea,” Kang responded. “I was feeling really good for this fight, I was peaking really well.”
His focus will now shift to Korea, where he is scheduled to defend his middleweight title in Korea’s Spirit MC promotion on August 31 against Jae Young Kim, a fighter he has twice defeated previously. After that, details are being ironed out for an appearance in Canada’s Raw Combat promotion against an unnamed opponent.
“I’m taking him really seriously,” Kang said of Kim. “I’m taking it like any title fight. It’s the first real belt I won, and it’s very special to me. I’m training hard.”
He is currently in Vancouver, working with longtime training partners at the Revolution Fight Team. He also plans on returning to Montreal, where Georges St. Pierre, Patrick Cote, and David Loiseau await him. Visa issues have kept Kang from training full time at American Top Team, but he will return there at some point as well.
As for his future with FEG, Kang says this isn’t the end of their relationship.
“I want to stay with them, I have no problem with them,” he said. “I don’t know that any organization can be perfect. I understand that’s just the way business goes. You have to remember, FEG is running K-1 and K-1 Max, K-1 Heavyweight and Dream at the same time. So I know they’re busy. It’s just very frustrating.”
Edit: i didnt see this posted although i kinda figured he wasnt fighting
DREAM.5 Card Finalized... Kind of
With only 10 days left before the event which will crown their new promotion's first-ever Grand Prix champion, FEG have updated the official DREAM.5 site with some interesting undercard bouts now bolstering what was already sure to be a solid night of fights.
- As rumored earlier this week, Yoshihiro Akiyama will square off against Katsuyori Shibata in a middlweight bout, after Shibata challenged the Hero's vet during last week's Akasaka Fight Festival.
- Joachim "Hellboy" Hansen will face Kultar "Black Mamba" Gill in a reserve bout for the Lightweight Grand Prix, in the event that one of the semifinal winners cannot continue after their match. Both were previously eliminated from the tournament by fighters now in the semifinals: Gill in the opening round by Tatsuya Kawajiri, and Hansen in the quarterfinals by Eddie Alvarez.
- Kuniyoshi Hironaka will see his first action since being released from his UFC contract in May. Hironaka, who ran up against some stiff competition in the States and most recently suffered a heartbreaking TKO loss to Jonathan Goulet at UFC 83, is set to face 4-0 Greatest Common Multiple standout Motoki Miyazawa.
- According to Nightmare of Battle, Mark Hunt has also been announced as a participant.
-------->> Right now the card stands as->
AOKI SHINYA or UNO CAOL
EDDIE ALVAREZ or KAWAJIRI TATSUYA
YAMAMOTO KID NORIFUMI
Ben Rothwell is ready for 'The Pit Bull'
Standing 6-foot-5 and weighing in at 265 pounds, former IFL Heavyweight standout Ben Rothwell is a big man. According to Sherdog.com, he’s also a fighter with a 29-5 overall MMA record that includes 13 straight victories. That said, ask most of your mainstream audience who he is and you’re likely to get a quizzical look followed by a shrug of the shoulders.
However, if he’s able to pull off a victory against former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski at Affliction: Banned on July 19th that may all change.
Honda Center to host "Affliction: Banned" weigh-ins on July 18
Weigh-ins for "Affliction: Banned," which features one of the greatest collections of talent in MMA history, take place Friday, July 18 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The same venue hosts the following day's 11-fight event, which airs on FSN and pay per view.
The event's weigh-ins are free and open to the public.
Fans planning to attend the weigh-ins are asked to enter the Honda Center (2695 E. Katella Ave.) through the Katella Avenue entrance. Doors to the event open at 2 p.m. PT (local time), and the first fighter hits the scale at 3 p.m. PT.
"Affliction: Banned" features a main event between longtime PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko and former UFC title-holder Tim Sylvia. Other notables in action include Josh Barnett, Andrei Arlovski, Matt Lindland, Ben Rothwell, Renato "Babalu" Sobral, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and others.
Shawn Tompkins to Fight Ken Shamrock? Whaaa?
The Xtreme Fighting Association (XFA) recently announced the signing of Xtreme Couture trainer Shawn Tompkins to a three-fight deal in their K-1 style organization, and while there was initially no word on an opponent we all assumed it would be someone xtreme, like maybe one of those skateboarders from the Mountain Dew commercials. Now MMATraining.com is reporting that Tompkins’ first opponent may be none other than Ken Shamrock:
“I just signed a 3 fight deal with XFA, which is a K-1 kickboxing promotion in Las Vegas. I’ll be doing my first fight September 26th. Between September, December and February. They are looking at my first fight being Ken Shamrock”.
As much as those who train under him love to talk about Tompkins as some kind of Yoda of the fight game, his brief foray into MMA was, shall we say, unsuccessful. Perhaps returning to his roots as a kickboxer is a good idea.
Of course, embarking on a new career as a kickboxer is probably not a good idea for Shamrock, but that never stopped him before. Perhaps Tompkins will have to make an xample out of him. See what I’ve done there? I’m going to go cry now.